How to recognize sexual harassment in everyday life
Sexual harassment includes many things. Some examples of more common types of sexual harassment include:
- Actual or attempted rape or sexual assault.
- Unwanted pressure for sexual favors.
- Unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching.
- Unwanted sexual looks or gestures.
- Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature.
- Unwanted pressure for dates.
- Unwanted sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions.
- Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey.
- Whistling at someone.
- Sexual comments.
- Turning work discussions to sexual topics.
- Sexual innuendos or stories.
- Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history.
- Personal questions about social or sexual life.
- Sexual comments about a person's clothing, or looks.
- Kissing sounds, howling and smacking lips.
- Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life.
- Neck massage.
- Touching an employee's clothing, hair, or body without consent
- Giving personal gifts.
- Hanging around a person.
- Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking without consent
- Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person without consent
- Standing close or brushing up against a person.
- Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes).
- Staring at someone.
- Sexually suggestive signals.
- Facial expressions, winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips.
- Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements.
Sexual harassment comes in different forms and can sometimes be hard to identify. You should never feel pressured to turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and accept it.
It’s important to remember anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or sexualized in a way you don’t like is considered sexual harassment and is not okay.